KEDRON BARRETT was born in Concord, New Hampshire in 1961. From 1980-81 he lived in Paris, France (Atelier Jean Bertholle, Academie Port Royal). He finished his Bachelor’s Degree at Yale College with magna cum laude in 1983 and was awarded a postgraduate Fellowship for Germany. Since then, he has been a freelance artist in Berlin. From 1985 to 1987 he was granted the Luftbrückendank Fellowship from the Berlin Senate. He has worked as a guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam (1992-1993) and the European Academy for Urban Environment in Berlin (2000-2005). Kedron Barrett was Artist-in-Residence in Wernigerode, Germany (2000) and Ballinskelligs, Ireland (2002). In 2002, Katja Lange-Müller released the 45-minute film »The Painter Kedron Barrett« in ZDF. In 2010 and 2015 Barrett was Artist-in-Residence at the Heinrich Böll cottage in Achill, Ireland. He now lives and works in Berlin and Hinrichshagen (Mecklenburg), Germany and has exhibitions throughout Germany as well as in Ireland, Holland, Czech Republic, Georgia and the US.
WALTER ERHART was a Professor for Literary Studies at the University of Greifswald from 1997-2007 and has since been Professor for German Literary Studies at the University of Bielefeld. He had visiting professorships at numerous institutions, amongst others in Debrecen (Hungary), Padua (Italy), Washington University in St. Louis, University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas), and the University of Washington (Seattle). His work and research focuses on 19th and 20th-century literature, literary theory, history of philology and the humanities, travel literature, and Gender Studies. Since 2010, he has been the editor of the Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur. His latest publications include Wolfgang Koeppen. Das Scheitern moderner Literatur (2012). Neil Young (2015). Die Welt beobachten. Praktiken des Vergleichens (Eds. 2015). Phantastik und Skepsis. Adelbert von Chamissos Lebens- und Schreibwelten (Eds. 2016).
DIETER FRATZKE, born in 1945, studied at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg and at the Pädagogische Hochschule Dresden and received the academic degree ›Diplom-Germanist‹. From 1975 to 2006 he was the director of the Lessing Museum (founded 1929) in Kamenz, the birthplace of the proponent of Enlightenment. Since 2001, the museum has been part of the 20 Kulturellen Gedächtnisorte von nationaler Bedeutung in the newly-formed German states. From 1995 to 2006, Dieter Fratzke was also responsible for the project Lessing in Kamenz. Focal points in his work were the organization of the Kamenzer Lessing-Tage, which took place annually until 2007 (and, after that, every two years), as well as his work as editor for the scientific series Erbpflege (1981 to 2005), since 1986 together with Dr. Wolfgang Albrecht). Together with Dr. Albrecht, he also published the Sammlungsverzeichnis des Lessing-Museums (1997-2004). Since his retirement, Dieter Fratzke has been giving lectures about Lessing and the Enlightenment as well as publishing articles about these topics.
JOAKIM GLASER, PhD in history and history of didactics. He has a University Diploma in Education for Upper Secondary School (Lund University) and was employed as a teacher of history, English and Social Science for more than 10 years. From 2009 to 2018, Glaser was a scholar and teacher at the Institute of Society, Culture and Identity at Malmö University, Sweden. Since 2018 he is a senior lecturer of pedagogy at Linnaeus University, Sweden. His research centers on East(ern) Germany, the German re-unification, right-wing extremism, oral history, identity formation and football. He has published books and articles about football fan culture, identity and generation formation in East(ern) Germany, as well as methodology.
TODD HERZOG is Professor and Head of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati, where he also directs the Center for Film & Media Studies. He is author or editor of five books, most recently East, West, and Centre: Reframing Post-1989 European Cinema (Edinburgh, 2014, with Michael Gott) and Tatort Germany (Camden House, 2014, with Lynn Kutch). He is currently working on a book about art and life after the death of privacy.
PAMELA HEß, Dr. studied Political Science, Sociology and Statistics in Frankfurt am Main and at the University of Essex. In 2014, she gained her Doctorate Degree with a Dissertation in Political Science that focusses on the historical-political controversies concerning the interpretation of the GDR-Past. After working as a freelance teacher, counselor and researcher in Social Sciences as well as in adult education, she is currently employed as a scientific consultant for a prevention of overarching phenomena in politically motivated criminality.
CHRISTINE LEUENBERGER, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University has published widely in various academic journals, books and popular news outlets. She was a Fulbright Scholar (in 2008), a Fulbright Specialist (since 2011), and an AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Science &Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State and at the U.S. Agency for International Development (2016-2017) in Washington D.C. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Scholar’s award to investigate the history and sociology of mapping practices in Israel and the West Bank. She is also conducting research on global migration patterns and the rise of Separation Walls around the globe. She is further engaged in peace and educational initiatives in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.
PAUL MICHAEL LüTZELER is the Rosa May Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches in the German Department, International Studies, and Comparative Literature. He is the director of the Max Kade Center for Contemporary German Literature and the editor of the refereed yearbook Gegenwartsliteratur. His areas of expertise are the literature of the Napoleonic Era, the literary discourse on Europe, exile literature and contemporary German Literature. He is the president of the American Friends of the German Literary Archives in Marbach and the president of the International Hermann Broch Research Group. He received the Goethe Medal and the Austrian Medal for Arts and Sciences First Class.
TANJA NUSSER is Associate Professor for German Studies and Media Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on German literature, culture and media since the 19th century, gender studies, the history of sciences, disability studies, postcolonial and animal studies. Her most recent book publications are: Askese. Geschlecht und Geschichte der Selbstdisziplinierung (Eds., 2005); Engineering Life. Narrationen vom Menschen in Biomedizin, Kultur und Literatur (Eds., 2008); »wie sonst das Zeugen Mode war«. Reproduktionstechnologien in Literatur und Film (2011). Catastrophe and Catharsis: Perspectives on Disaster and Redemption in German Culture and Beyond (Eds. 2015) and Kathrin Röggla (Eds., 2017).
VANESSA D. PLUMLY holds a PhD in German Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Since 2015, she is lecturer and program coordinator in German in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures at SUNY New Paltz. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Jewish Studies. She is a review editor for H-Net Black Europe and co-chair of the Black Diaspora Studies Network in the German Studies Association (GSA) in the USA. Her research centers on Black German Studies, German Film & Media Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Plumly has recently published a co-edited volume with Dr. Tiffany Florvil entitled Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions & Histories.
RICHARD SCHADE, Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati, came to research on Günter Grass by way of his primary expertise in the literary culture of the Early Modern, Luther to Lessing. Grass’s instrumentalization of Grimmelshausen’s imagination for his own purposes, being a case in point; Oskar Matzerath is a latter-day Simplicissimus. He was managing editor of the Lessing Yearbook / Jahrbuch (1986-2010). For his service as Honorary Consul of Germany (1996-2012), a diplomatic post, he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande.
ANNA-MARIA SENUYSAL studied applied Cultural &Literary Studies, accompanied by minors in Economics and Political Science at the Technical University of Dortmund, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in 2016. From 2016 to 2017 she participated in a 2-Major Master’s Program at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Her majors were German Studies with a focus on Literature and Culture and Anglophone Studies with a focus on Postcolonial Studies. She attained her Master’s Degree in German Studies at the University of Cincinnati in Spring 2018 and is currently pursuing a dual PhD Degree at the Universities of Cincinnati and Duisburg-Essen.
EVAN TORNER, PhD is a Germanist and media scholar. His 2013 dissertation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst focusses on race representations in the DEFA genre films of the 1960s and 1970s. 2013-14 he was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in German Studies at Grinnell College. Since 2014, he has been employed as Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati, where he is both Director of Undergraduate Studies in German as well as Director of the UC Game Lab. He is currently co-editing the Handbook of East German Cinema (Walter De Gruyter) with Henning Wrage and finishing his own book on a century of German science-fiction cinema. He has published numerous articles on DEFA genre films, science fiction, transnational cinema, critical race studies, and role-playing games.
HARTMUT VON SASS is the vice director of the Collegium Helveticum at the University and ETH Zürich, head of the Ludwik Fleck Zentrum für Wissenschaftstheorie and private lecturer for systematic theology and philosophy of religion at the Department of Theology at the University of Zürich. He studied Theology and Philosophy in Göttingen, Edinburgh and Berlin. From 2006 to 2013 he was an assistant at the Department of Theology in Zürich. He received his PhD in 2009 and habilitated in 2012. Currently, he is a guest professor in Berkeley and works on a book about comparative approaches (and the Figur des Unvergleichbaren) and a project about a modal conception of hope (and the impossibility of complete hopelessness).
TIMOTHY J. WHITE is Professor of Political Science at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. His research interests include international relations and comparative foreign policy. His previous publications include a chapter on German foreign policy, »The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Counterrevolution in Soviet Foreign Policy and the End of Communism,« with Robert Snyder in After the Berlin Wall: Germany and Beyond. Eds. Jana Braziel and Katharina Gerstenberger. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. 127-148 and a number of journal articles that have appeared in International Studies Perspectives, Representation, The European Legacy, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Global Business and Economics Review, and International Social Science Review.